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Remote education provision: information for parents and carers

Updated 20th September 2021

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where individual students are self-isolating following a positive test result.

We call our remote learning provision ‘School at Home’.

We understand that learning at home can be challenging and we ask that students do their best to engage with learning. Everyone will have a unique set of circumstances to deal with at home and we understand that we all need to be flexible in our approach to ‘School at Home’.

We appreciate that for individuals self-isolating in response to a positive test result, their symptoms may range from mild to severe, and therefore their capacity to complete ‘School at Home’ will vary, too. Our plans aim to be flexible enough to adapt to individual cases. Please see below for further details.

We ask that students use their initiative to manage their learning, be patient with the school and their family at home, take a break if it gets too much use the following contacts if needed:

schoolathome@kts.school for general communication, including IT issues, subject queries or general concerns,

You can also contact your tutor or class teacher, but as they are likely to be managing the students in school, they will not always be able to respond to you immediately.
For general concerns and well-being – contact the tutor,
For subject queries – contact the class teacher

You use the links below to jump to specific sections:

Useful documents
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
Remote teaching and study time each day
Accessing remote education
Engagement and Feedback
Additional support for students with particular needs

Useful documents

School At Home - Guide - Individuals-Self Isolating

Top Tips for School at Home

KTS Sixth Formers’ Top Tips for Lockdown Learning

Office365 - Accessing Office at Home

Activities to help you review your learning

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home.  Updated guidance for individuals self-isolating [September 2021]

A student’s first day of self-isolation might look different from our standard approach, as we establish communications with the family and share any relevant information with teaching staff.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of a student having to self-isolate?

In the first instance, a member of staff will contact you to ascertain the symptoms your child is displaying – from mild to severe - as we appreciate this varies from student to student and potentially impacts their ability to complete work. This will determine the level and demand of work set by teachers.

Where the student is able to complete work, our teachers will work fast to provide lesson instructions on Satchel:One. This might not always be possible on Day 1 of an individual having to self-isolate, in which case, students could review their classwork in exercise books and complete homework set on Satchel:One. More independently, students might like to read a book or watch a documentary.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

  • Provided your child is well enough to be completing School at Home, the work set will be directly linked to the work being covered in school.

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Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

For students who are well enough to complete School at Home, the work set will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5: 5 hours

For students with some symptoms – and therefore only able to complete work from time to time – this will be reduced.

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Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Lesson instructions are uploaded onto Satchel:One by your child’s class teacher in advance of 08:30 each day. This will contain detailed instruction of the work, including submission requirements where relevant, or might direct them to a subject-specific website to support their learning. This may include - but is not limited to - websites such as Seneca Learning, MathsWatch, Oak National Academy, Quizlet and Carousel Learning.

The school website contains further instructions on how to access OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, in addition to Top Tips for School at Home. Students in lower years have received opportunities to develop skills in using Microsoft applications in their computing lessons.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home.

The Knights Templar School has a limited set of IT resources to provide students for use for remote learning activities. Distribution will be made on a needs basis.

Please contact the school via schoolathome@kts.school for more information about the issuing or lending of laptops, tablets or internet connections equipment to students.

 

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Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect our students to do their best to continue their education if they are well. Clearly if their COVID symptoms make it difficult to work, the top priority is on resting and recovering, and we will adjust our expectations accordingly.

Students can check their school email and Satchel:One for any specific instructions from their tutor or class teachers. Students should respond to these instructions the best that they can. We recommend that students stick to the school day to provide structure to their learning, however, we recognise the importance of and support the need for flexibility with how and when learning activities are completed.

Parents and carers can support their child’s education by setting routines (using the school day, for example) and provide a positive learning environment (a clear work area for their child). Students should be able to complete learning activities with reasonable independence from their parents and carers most of the time.

We encourage all parents and carers to discuss their child’s learning as this will give their learning value. It would also help students to consolidate what they have learnt.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Your child’s tutor will check that they are logging into Satchel:One to view the lessons that have been set.

Teachers will also monitor your child’s engagement in their learning through checking submissions of any work requested.

Teachers and school staff will award praise points for ‘work submitted’ as well as ‘impressive work submitted’.

Teachers will also add ‘behaviour incidents’ to Edulink for ‘lack of evidence of engagement in learning’ to help parents and school monitor where work has not been submitted. There is no sanction attached to these behaviour incidents, but the school will contact home if concerns arise.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback and assessment during a period of self-isolation needs to be as flexible as possible, so may include:

  • Completion of online work that is self-marking e.g. Quizlet, Seneca Learning, MathsWatch,
  • Written comments fed back via Satchel:One,
  • Mark schemes that allow for self-assessment,
  • The production of work to be assessed once back at school.

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Additional support for students with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education

We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students in the following ways:

  • Teachers will aim to adapt lesson resources to support students with SEND
  • We encourage the use of ‘immersive reader’ on Microsoft Apps: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/education/products/learning-tools
  • Parents and carers should contact our SENDCo, Mrs Mitchell, if they have any questions or would like to discuss the support available.

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